Who knew that getting rid of clothes that scream “final days of 90210!” and buying a few new duds that scream “WEAR ME” could stir up something big in me? The fashion makeover/wardrobe overhaul a few weeks ago that rocked the nation (okay, maybe just my nation) seriously revved up my design senses from head to toe, inside and out. It made me think not just about my own appearance, but the design or lack thereof, that’s going on in my home. I’ve been divorced for 2 years, living in an apartment with so much potential and beauty, yet have done nothing about it. I live here, yet I don’t. I haven’t. I haven’t settled in. Caught up in work, boy(s) (young and old), and finances, I haven’t made this my home and invested in it’s style.
But THEN I organized my closet
, threw on a couple of fab new accessories
and something changed. My dear friend, Rebecca Orlov of Loving.Living.Small.
was here for the process… As she surveyed my apartment and all it’s white wall glory, she got me thinking about how I could better use my space. Rebecca has come up with a fabulous new series called Design Cycle
and right now, I am seriously in a CYCLE. I have great space. Some
decent furniture. A huge desire to decorate and LIVE here, but I am on a SERIOUS budget.
Well, Rebecca help me come up with a few simple solutions for the time being that not only maximized my space, but would really make this place feel designed (even without a new pillow from Dwell Studio… currently being shipped… but I digress).
For starters, I switched my son’s room completely around. I moved his bed, which is now actually a big boy bed (that story to come) to the other side of the wall (away from the loud neighbors).
I also completely went through his toys which also needed an overhaul. (Really, he’s 3.5. Does he need a teether in the same bin as his “shooter gun?!”
I organized his baskets of toys which I moved to another side of the living room and also moved his easel into his “art corner.”
The biggest change was moving my dining room table OUT of the actual dining room and in to my living room. (see above) I have a huge window- why not use it?! AND why not turn the dining room into my office AND a little area for Jonah. (I moved his little table and chairs in there too so that he can “do his work” (aka, art, stickers, playdough etc), while I work (yah, good luck).
This is still very much a work in progress but I feel so very excited and hopeful. I haven’t felt like this in a long time and it feels great. Stay tuned for more updates, including the new couch that is beyond needed and a few DIY projects that I have planned.
Fun fun fun. Send cash.